Thursday, November 27, 2008

Dark of the Moon

If I could doubt more,
I would have to know more.
If I knew more, I might doubt
I’ve found out in time,
because I'm writing this
in The Dark of the Moon.

During the recent campaign,
a simple poster of
Obama’s profile

hung in triplicate from a window
nr the corner of Cole & Carl
in San Francisco:


You, who are reading this,
do you doubt less now, or
do you have faith in Hope?

(Thanksgiving Day, 27 NOV 08, Santa Clara)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

High water

Whenever we drink,
we drink terrestrial w@ter
of celestial origin, w@ter
higher than we think.

(20 NOV 08, Santa Clara CA)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

re: Stuart Kauffman

[Bob Chute]: I'll read the 5 pages of hard copy [above], then, but at a glance: what emerges with consciousness is not purpose, but the capacity to imagine (consider the possibility) of purpose. The possibility to imagine Jesus converting the wine without trickery also emerges.

Re: Kauffman (notes jotted during reading the SALON interview)

Is a world in which anything is conceivable a world in which any conceivable things can exist?

Consciousness as a phenom emergent from language which in turn is emergent from thought? [my contribution to the inexplicable]

Newton was not a reductionist.

Laplace et al: The inability to predict doesn't prove acausality, only the failure of prediction. The sum of possible interactions may exceed the universe's capacity to compute an outcome.

"emergence" an old and standard concept — and useful

"Physics can not talk about values" because values are not the subject of physics, or biology, or statistics, or dog training.

How different is saying "agency is in the universe" from saying agency is an emergent consequence of the universe?

"We can not say how the biosphere will evolve"..big deal! Who thought we could?

"We didn't have the faintest idea what would happen with the invention of writing..." Well, K, we weren't there were we? But someone there might well have said or thought, This Will Lead To.. people do this all the time. Are usually wrong, but occasionally right.

"We are organisms with meaning in our lives..." that is, organisms who must behave as if there is meaning in their lives.

That the universe is chaotic need not mean it is meaningless, not lawless. A chaotic system is one so complex it appears random: the paths of causality are concealed by its complexity. Welcome to chaos.

[Bill Costley]: Tho raised & educated R.C., I've always dismissed Anselm's "Argument from 1st-[causeless] cause", imagining instead that existing things just accumulate from...wherever (Big Bang notwithstanding.) Impressed by what it imagines are revelations of 'perfect' design, mankind persistently projects 'perfection' by someThing Perfect. But many things are imperfect, subject to what we call evolutionary trial & error, etc. Towards what end - if any? Variation is not always improvement.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Obama on the Wall

(Scene: White House Gym)

Obama drops an NBA* basketball,
deciding to climb the wooden wall,
knob-by knob; he tires near the top,
calling out for "Rahm (Emmanuel),
"I need your help! I need your help!”

2 MIB**s rush in to protect Obama:
“I need Rahm’s help,” he says,
"not yours, guys; thanks anyway.”

Rahm suddenly appears in a gym suit,
smiling. “Good test, Obama; the MIBs
seem to have forgotten me.” Obama
smiles: “They're new; Rahm, it’s been
8 years since you were here with Bill.”

Obama shinnies down the knobby wall,
chuckling as he hits the hardwood floor,
popping up & dribbling the basketball
off across the shiny hardwood floor.

*National Basketball Assn.
** Men in Black = U.S. Secret Service

(06 NOV 08, Santa Clara CA) v7

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barak Obama Won

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America -- I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you -- we as a people will get there." (Acceptance speech, Chicago IL, 04 NOV 08)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Seeing stubby

In my vitiated mind,
instead of John McCain,
I see a stubby all-white fireplug's
2 stubby arms & sea-cap embossed:
M. Greenberg’s Sons San Francisco,
remembering my stubby uncle Tom
in the subs in WW2 & Korea.

(03 NOV 08, Santa Clara CA)v4